27 APR 2011 (WED) | 19:00 - 20:00

MIXED LAND USES AND SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY

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SPEAKER:

PROFESSOR ROBERT CERVERO

Professor, Department of City & Regional Planning; Director, University of California Transportation Center; Director, Institute of Urban & Regional Development, University of California, Berkeley, USA


DATE:

27 APRIL 2011 (WEDNESDAY)


TIME:

19:00 - 20:00


VENUE:

KWAN FONG LECTURE THEATRE, ROOM 223, 2/F KNOWLES BUILDING, THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG


ORGANIZED BY:

Institute of Transport Studies, The University of Hong Kong


ABSTRACT:

Inter-mixing land uses and balancing urban growth can yield significant demand- and supply-side benefits to the transport sector. Recent research shows that the co-location of retail, workplace, and residential uses in master-planned developments increase internal capture rates. Global cities like Stockholm and Curitiba reveal that efficiencies occur through encouraging bi-directional travel flows. Balanced growth also shrinks environmental footprints by shortening trips and encouraging non-motorized access. Hedonic price model results for several mixed-use settings reveal that real-estate markets capitalize such benefits. Supply-side benefits of inter-mixing land uses include opportunities for shared parking and reduced impervious surfaces for roads and highways. Ancillary benefits, such as energy savings from co-generation and co-sharing of heating and electricity by residential and commercial uses, are also possible with mixed-use development. A Green TOD (Transit Oriented Development) model is presented in this regard. The talk concludes by addressing possible motivations for separating urban activities, as embodied in contemporary zoning and land-use regulatory practices, including social and class exclusion and perceptions of non-compatibility among uses. Mechanisms for overcoming barriers to mixed land uses are offered.


ABOUT THE SPEAKER:

Robert Cervero works in the area of sustainable transport policy and planning. His current research is on the economic benefits of balancing infrastructure investments with place-making. He is a frequent advisor and consultant on transport projects, both in the U.S. and abroad. Professor Cervero was the first-ever recipient of the Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban Planning Research and has twice won the Article of the Year award from the Journal of the American Planning Association. Presently, he is Chairman of the International Association of Urban Environments and the National Advisory Board of the Active Living Research Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Professor Cervero was recently appointed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), responsible for the human settlement chapter of the 5th IPCC assessment. He is also an author of the forthcoming 2013 Global Report on Sustainable Transportation for the UN-Habitat. Professor Cervero currently serves on the editorial boards of 10 scholarly journals.

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